World Building 3 – Race and Racism in Tabletop RPGs

This is more of a thought piece on how to incorporate real-world issues realistically into the fantasy worlds of our tabletop RPGs. Scholars of popular culture from Henry Jenkins to the present have long noted that we can use such conflicts in fictional worlds to discuss similar issues in our own world. Heck, we all…

Hoppenhelm – Girls on Gaming

There are few mobile games I enjoy playing, and this little game, Hoppenhelm, is one of them. Are you tired of mobile games with a stupid amount of microtransactions that suggest that the game is “pay to win”? Do you hate energy mechanics that allow you to play for 2-3 minutes but then require you to…

It’s Not a Trap! When Less is More

I’ll start this off by stating the most basic truth:  I’m not a huge fan of traps in dungeon design.  I think that, more often than not, it’s an easy and lazy way to add difficulty or challenge to a dungeon.  Also, it’s not realistic to have numerous doors and chests and floor panels and…

Devil May Cry – Replay Value

Do these sound like your problems? Hordes of demons got you down? The wall between the world of humans and the demon world seems to be breaking, allowing “undesirables” to come through? Perhaps the Lord of Hell has a vendetta against your dad for sealing him away or something? No? Well, if you were Dante,…

Dracula: Rise of the Beast – Girls on the Page

As we Goth and Horror fans have known for decades, there has never been a shortage of tales speculating on how the Vlad the Impaler of history became the Count Dracula of legend. Some have been better than others. Some have offered some pretty outlandish theories. 2018’s Dracula: Rise of the Beast (edited by David Thomas Moore, and…

Open Legend RPG – First Thoughts

So, Leigh kickstarted the Open Legend RPG, and the Core Rulebook arrived this Wednesday. Open Legend is “a game of storytelling and adventure” that seeks to provide a set of rules that enable groups to tell stories from any genre in a manner that combines freeform storytelling with strategic fun. It’s similar to Iron Crown’s Champions system, which, though I…

A Hogwarts Mystery – Girls on Gaming

Have you ever wanted to attend Hogwarts? Have you wanted to be the star of an adventure in the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter where it was you and not the Boy Who Lived who could decide the fates of many? Have you ever wanted to see professors beam with pride at your accomplishments…

Avengers: Infinity War – Girls at the Movies

I hereby promise that this review of Avengers: Infinity War shall be spoiler free. And, I’ll also start by saying that Leigh’s response to discussing the film, which we saw last Tuesday, is still “I’m shook”. Oddly enough, I’m not shaken now – nor was I shaken at the film’s end. I think my initial response…

The Five Area Dungeon

This post is about dungeon crafting, and it’s based on the Five Room Dungeon model. What I’m going to offer here are a few tips on expanding that model for those who want longer, more in-depth dungeons, why I like the “Five Room” model, and a refutation of some of the main criticisms of that…

Mirror – Steamed Games (Slightly NSFW)

If I have one guilty pleasure among video games, it’s Dating Sims. It’s something I’ve always hidden, because, growing up, a lot of people got mocked for playing them. You weren’t seen as a “serious” gamer, and as someone who’s won multiple World of Warcraft Arena Championships in the past, I’ve tried to maintain that I am…